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5th November

It’s so easy to have a great attitude when you’re playing great soccer. It’s so easy to keep great football psychology. When the ball appears to stick to your feet as you go on a mazy run or when it pings off your boot oh so perfectly, the game is so sweet and your attitude inevitably follows.

When you go through a spell of great soccer people will tell you just how brilliant you are. They remind you of your great plays and fill your mind with confident thoughts. When this happens, you feel like you’ll never have a poor game again.

But it’s tougher to show a great attitude when you’ve stepped off the pitch after one of your poorer games. It’s challenging to maintain a great attitude after you’ve made a string of match changing mistakes. It’s difficult to portray a great attitude when you’re blamed for a defeat.

But I want you to be very clear about what I’m about to say. Attitude is a choice. It’s a choice in every training session and in every match. It’s a choice every second of every day no matter what is happening in your soccer game. It’s a choice no matter what the score was, no matter how you played, no matter who you are, no matter what level you play at or what age you are. Attitude is a choice in soccer!

Lionel Messi had a choice about his attitude as he developed his game at the Barcelona Academy. He could choose to look at his small framed body and think “I just can’t compete with bigger players.” He could choose to adopt this kind of attitude. Thankfully he didn’t. He saw things differently – he spoke to himself in a more helpful manner: “I can compete. I’m going to become incredible with the ball at my feet. Sure there’ll be bigger players than me, but they have to deal with my quick feet, with my dribbling skills, with my intelligent mind.”

Lionel Messi had a choice about how he thought about his game and he chose to think positively, helpfully and constructively.

Now when I speak to people about attitude being a choice, I often get the response “Dan, that’s all very well. But choosing a great attitude all the time is tough. It’s hard. It’s just not easy.”

I agree! Choosing a great attitude as a soccer player isn’t easy. That’s because failure is so ‘in your face’ in soccer. Failure happens all the time – it’s a given. It’s impossible to play the game without failure. You will give the ball away. You’ll miss a great opportunity to score. You’ll make a mistake that will cost your team.

Failures like these can lead to discouragement. Failure can lead to despondency and doubt.

But you need to make these negative feelings temporary. How? By seeing the game differently

Failure is ok. If you’re not failing then you’re probably not trying hard enough. Your best performance is only possible by taking risks. And when you take risks you WILL fail from time to time. It’s inevitable.

Stop holding back…play front foot…take risks…play with freedom. Enjoy the game and have fun. Sure, you’ll make a mistake but that’s ok. Decide that you’re going to respond positively to failure, to setbacks, to the tough and the difficult times.

The key word here is choice. You have a choice to keep a great attitude through failure. You have a choice to demonstrate a great attitude after a couple of indifferent games of soccer. You have a choice about your attitude every day of the week, in every training session and in every match.

Think about the choices you make for your attitude in training, on matchday and towards your game. Strive to work on making choices that help you improve and perform.

Learn more here: https://danabrahams.com/blog/2017/soccer-attitude-choice/


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11th November

Omega–3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because humans cannot make them; therefore, they must be obtained through the diet or supplementation. Fish oils are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that offer numerous health benefits for everyone, as well as a variety of performance-enhancing effects, such as increasing muscle growth, improving strength and physical performance, reducing exercise-induced muscle damage and delayed-onset muscle soreness, combating negative immune effects of intensive training, strengthening bones, improving heart and lung functioning, and enhancing cognitive functioning.

Learn more here: https://www.nutrasea.ca/omega-3-and-you/the-science/omega-3-sport-fish-oil-beneficial-athletes/

 8th November

 9th November

BOSS Eddie Howe revealed how the psychological help given to members of his Cherries squad had proved beneficial and admitted he wished that support had been more readily available in his playing days.

Howe feels work done to improve players' mental make-up can hugely influence their performances on the pitch.

And the Cherries manager, a cultured defender during his playing career, was adamant any edge which could be gained from using the expertise of a psychologist was worth pursuing.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "We do quite a lot of work with the players on that aspect and I think it's been beneficial. It's a massive part of the game and a very underrated and misunderstood part of football.

"When I was playing, there was always a weakness attached to anyone who wanted to talk to anybody or discuss problems and issues.

"That was to the detriment of the player, to be honest, because there is so much that goes into a player's performance before they play, not just how their body feels but their mind as well, because it is such a massive factor in everything you do.

"Some players don't need anything, they think they are fine and if that's the case then it is not forced upon them, but some players need help, guidance and advice.

"It can be personal issues as well because you have to remember players are human beings and they do have personal problems away from the club as we all do in our lives.

"To help them with that or to solve a problem before a game, just to relax their mind, I think is massive."

Asked whether he had experienced a different approach to psychology during his playing career, Howe added: "We had that option but it wasn't as freely available as it is now and it wasn't as understood as it is now.

"As a player, I would have done anything to make myself better or to give myself a chance of going out and performing well."

Learn more here:


Intentional Training

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Benefits of Bulgarian Split Squats

“Ok, I’m want to train to the best of my ability today. The most important thing is I train to learn…I train to improve…

How am I going to do this?

I have to make my training INTENTIONAL – this means it has to be interesting, intense, integrated and internalised.

What does this mean?

Interesting and intense – I need to set a goal to grab my focus of attention. I need to make this session interesting. I’m going to work on using my left foot more. So I’m going to try to receive the ball more often with a different body shape so I can control the ball and pass with my left foot.

By doing this I’m going to make the training session intense. It’s intense, not just physically but mentally because I’m taking a risk. I’m coming out of my comfort zone by receiving the ball and passing with my left foot. It’s going to feel uncomfortable, it may be ugly, but that’s ok. I have to deal with that. I have to try to improve every training session.

Integrated – I have to strive to get some feedback from the coaches about this goal. I will also ask them to spot anything else they see that I can improve. That third eye will help me be more aware of my current ability to play with my left foot. It will help me strive to improve it even more.

Internalised – as I’m training I need to self-reflect in the moment – am I getting this right? How can I do this even better? Is my body shape correct? Does my first touch allow me to play a pass with my left foot? Am I striking the ball confidently with my left?

I have to take charge of my training. It’s not up to my coaches, it’s up to me. I am responsible, it’s about me. I can’t rely on my coaches to do it for me, I have to drive my training mindset. I have to train intentionally.”

Learn more here: https://danabrahams.com/blog/2017/training-day-train-intentionally/


 7th November

Few exercises are simpler than the Deadlift. The move essentially mimics squatting down and picking something up off of the floor. Yet, it's acclaimed as one of the best exercises for athletes who want to get stronger, faster and more powerful.


Almost all fundamental sports skills, like running, jumping, throwing and tackling, start when you put power into the ground. The power travels up through your core and into your upper body. So, the more force you put into the ground, the better you will perform the skills for your sport.

The Deadlift is effective because it is such a basic movement pattern. It strengthens your legs, hips and back, and teaches these large muscle groups to fire in a coordinated fashion. The result is that you will be able to put more force into the ground. No matter what sport you play, your game will improve if you regularly perform this essential exercise.

You will see a few variations of the Deadlift in every weight room. Each variation accomplishes the same overall goal, but they have different wrinkles that may make one better for you than another.

Conventional Deadlift


With a heavy emphasis on back strength, it builds full-body strength and lower-body power. (Learn how to master the Conventional Deadlift.)

  • Assume athletic stance

  • Squat down and grasp bar with slightly-wider-than-shoulder-width grip

  • Position bar close to shins

  • Fully extend elbows, stick chest out and look straight ahead

  • Simultaneously extend hips and knees to stand up

  • Keep back straight and bar close to body

  • Squeeze glutes to complete movement

  • Repeat sequence in reverse to lower bar to ground

  • Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3-4x1-6 at 85-95% max; rest 3-5 minutes between sets


Sumo Deadlift

Its heavy focus on the hips makes the Sumo a great option if you want to run faster or jump higher. It's also easier to perform if you are tall and have trouble bending down. (Learn how to master the Sumo Deadlift.)

  • Assume slightly-wider-than-shoulder-width stance

  • Squat down and grasp bar with shoulder-width grip

  • Perform Deadlift adhering to proper technique outlined above

  • Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3-4x1-6 at 85-95% max; rest 3-5 minutes between sets


Trap-Bar Deadlift


This version is easier to perform if you are unfamiliar with the exercise, and it's recommended for female athletes.

  • Assume athletic stance in center of trap bar

  • Squat down and grasp trap bar handles

  • Perform Deadlift adhering to proper technique outlined above

  • Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3-4x1-6 at 85-95% max; rest 3-5 minutes between sets

Learn more here: http://www.stack.com/a/deadlift-variations

  1. Produces noticeable muscle and strength gains.

  2. Achieves a similar amount of lower body muscular overload as the squat does, but with a fraction of the weight.

  3. Increases flexibility of the hip flexors and improves overall lower body mobility

  4. Dramatically improves your core strength and balance, as well as your agility.

  5. Reduces risk of injury by minimizing strength and muscular differences between your left and right side.

  6. Helps bust through barbell squat plateaus, often caused by one leg being a “weak link.”

Learn more here: http://www.kingofthegym.com/bulgarian-split-squat-benefits/

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